The last bank holiday (until Christmas) is nearly upon us and most families around the country will be deliberating over whether to try and raid the savings pot to bag a last minute getaway, or if they should watch the pennies, stay closer to home and enjoy what the UK has to offer.
Well, we’re here to tell you that this country has plenty of fun things to do without spending a small fortune, so let’s take a look at what you can get up to as family on a budget.
Britain will play host to many a free local event this August bank holiday weekend and a great place to start is by looking is on www.list.co.uk. Simply select your area and filter the results to suit you (it includes a handy ‘free events’ filter option.)
Get involved in a festival
There have been festival offerings all summer long, and this bank holiday weekend is no exception. London plays host to Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, a festival awash with flamboyant costumes, colourful floats and Calypso music. Then there’s the Liverpool International Music Festival, an 18 day music celebration across the city that ends with a bang in Sefton Park on the Bank Holiday Monday.
You can take a packed lunch, or enjoy sampling some different cuisines at the food stalls.
Explore a new city
This is something you can do without having to spend hours in airports with unruly children. Just decide which city you would like to get to get to grips with and off you go! You can venture out for a day trip or book a hotel and turn it into a mini break. If you don’t quite fancy meeting the rest of the UK on the roads, then head on your mini adventure by train; just remember to book train tickets in advance to get the cheaper fares.
Watch a film outdoors
Be a part of a new cinematic experience sweeping across the UK and enjoy watching open-air films in parks, on rooftops or in the comfort of your car (well, we all know about the infamous British summer rain that can strike at any moment.)
For a free family film viewing, look to Spinningfields in Manchester, they have deckchairs and picnic blankets for you to relax on along with face painting and balloon modellers in case the little ones get fidgety.
Let’s hit the beach
Nothing says summer quite like a day beside the seaside and Britain has plenty of beaches on offer. Granted, the sea isn’t that azure blue you get abroad, but it still provides hours of free fun for the little ones – just provide a bucket and spade.
It’s time to put down the tablet, turn off the phone and get reacquainted with Britain’s beautiful countryside. Grab your bikes and explore the woods, climb up a mountain (or large hill) and just breathe in the fresh air.
Just think, the kids will be shattered by the end of the day providing you with some peace and quiet!